Oscar Valdez: “I Have Never Used Banned Substances to Enhance My Performance”

Published 09/04/2021, 6:58 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Oscar Valdez is victorious as he defeats Miguel Berchelt for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)


Amid sheer backlash from the fans, Oscar Valdez has finally opened up on the medical reports that claim him to be under the influence of phentermine, a banned substance. Despite his A and B samples testing positive, as of now, the undefeated WBC super featherweight champion will still headline the upcoming ESPN PPV against Robson Conceicao in a 12-round showdown.

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However, fellow fighters and fans have already raised their voices against Valdez. That said, the boxer has denied all the allegations and has justified himself with a social media video.

Oscar Valdez said, “To my people. I have never used banned substances to enhance my performance. I have never done it. I’ve always been very respectful towards the anti-doping rules ever since I was an amateur Olympian and now as a professional. Ever since I became a champion in 2016, I have been tested more than 30 times. I insisted on the VADA testing myself.”

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Despite failing with both sample A and sample B, Valdez won’t face any major punishment. The Commissioner of Pascua Yaqui Tribal Athletic Comision, Ernie Gallardo, spoke to ESPN about the whole scenario. Meanwhile, the WBC president has backed the super featherweight champion.

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A section of the audience is highly against Valdez’s current status. Nevertheless, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman doesn’t appear to have any stress. He has justified the champion’s position and has revealed that WBC will not strip him of the belt during an interaction with ESPN.

The WBC president said, “It is simple, this is not a performance-enhancing drug. It is like if you take three Red Bulls. In the anti-doping world, there are hundreds of substances. … If you go to a 7-Eleven and you steal a candy bar, you stole, it’s illegal. But that is different from robbing a bank with guns and pistols that will give you seven years in jail.”

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Even if Valdez scores a win on September 10, it will possibly be looked down on due to all the chaos going around his career. Meanwhile, it also raises several doubts regarding the boxing administrators, as they appear unbothered about the super-featherweight champion testing positive for a banned VADA substance.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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